Leading A Sustainable Healthy Lifestyle

If you’ve read my blogs from the past, or if you know me personally, you are aware that in 2006 my life changed when I was diagnosed with a heart condition called Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome. I had a successful ablation later that year. I had both physical and mental barriers to breakthrough after all of that. It was rough, I’m not going to lie. I faced everything from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to depression and even anxiety. Naturally, because I was trying to lead a physically fit lifestyle before with training to be a professional wrestler, I wanted to jump right back into my routine and get back on track with chasing my dreams. Sometimes life doesn’t work out like that, and that’s okay. When I reference having strength, I am talking about having your belief in yourself and what you want tested again and again every day and never giving up on it–I’m never referring to how much someone can lift. Going through all of this made me a stronger person; at points I felt like I had no other choice. As I tried to build my endurance on the treadmill, I felt my body pushing against me. At times, my heart would begin racing out of control and at other times it would give me deep burning sensations that stopped me in my tracks. I had to come to terms with the fact that at that current moment, my body did not want to be pushed… I needed to provide it with time to heal. From time to time, I would go to the gym and try getting...

The outcome of Googling myself

The outcome of Googling myself October 11, 2014 Reputation management was the theme for class this week and now it is time to focus on our assignment–Googling ourselves. In the event that you were unaware, there is also an Australian vocalist named Megan Washington. How rad is that?! Someone that I share a name with also loves music just as much as I do! Anyway, the point of me telling you that is I immediately knew that any type of Google search may be difficult to turn up results on me unless the search terms were very specific. Our directions are to Google our name and email address. I know walking into this that if I do not Google my name and email address together or other specific terms like, “Megan Washington sports,” or “Megan Washington wrestling,” I was not going to get anything back on myself. That other Megan Washington is a pretty cool gal. My Results: I have blurred out search results of irrelevant information or of images that do not belong to me. The video results from the search turned up both MLB Fan Cave videos and video interviews that I have done with musical artists over the years. The most popular images associated with my name and email address were photos that I have taken at concerts, one of myself interviewing former professional baseball player and current ESPN analyst Aaron Boone, one of my head shots, a few photos from different blog entries and an image I had uploaded to Instagram. Surprises: My highest result was my LinkedIn profile and not my Google associated accounts...

This isn’t Family Feud or Miss USA, but the results are in…

This isn’t Family Feud or Miss USA, but the results are in… September 23, 2014 Ernst & Young was not needed for the tabulation of these prestigious results. Over the period of one week, I posted on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook asking my friends who had a spare moment to take this survey for class that is based on the popular opinion of Major League Baseball according to fans. Respondents: 40 Question 1: Are you a fan of Major League Baseball? Yes: 32 (80%) No: 8 (20%) If respondents answered no to question one, they automatically skipped past question two, three and four. Question 2: Where does your League allegiance lie? American League: 20 (63%) National League: 9 (28%) No Allegiance: 3 (9%) Question 3: Which is your favorite National League team? Atlanta Braves: 3 (33%) San Francisco Giants: 2 (22%) New York Mets: 4 (44%) Question 4: Which is your favorite American League team? Oakland A’s: 2 (10%) Houston Astros: 1 (5%) Baltimore Orioles: 2 (10%) Texas Rangers: 1 (5%) Tampa Bay Rays: 4 (20%) Boston Red Sox: 2 (10%) Detroit Tigers: 1 (5%) Minnesota Twins: 1 (5%) New York Yankees: 6 (30%) Question 5: Should pitchers wear protective headgear? Yes: 14 (36%) No: 25 (64%) Total Responses: 39 Question 6: Has Instant Replay helped enhance the game of baseball? Yes: 27 (71%) No: 11 (29%) Total Responses: 38 Question 7: What do you think about MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention & Treatment Program? It’s not very good.: 4 (10%) It’s a good start but it needs improvement.: 29 (74%) It’s great!: 6 (15%) Total Responses: 39 Question 8:...

Making heads or tails of analytics

Making heads or tails of analytics July 29, 2014 The following post is measuring analytics from a three page pdf for a hypothetical health-oriented business in central Florida. This business has an online presence through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube and e-newsletter. However, Facebook and the e-newsletter are the only data provided. To begin, seeing the color green on your analytics reports is a good thing because it means that you have gained positive ground. At the opposite end of the spectrum is red–a color that you do not want to see in an analytics reports because it means that something was not a success. According to this specific Facebook Insights report, there was an increase of 0.69% of likes which equates to roughly six new people becoming fans–seeing a total of 880 page likes. Without knowing how long this company has been on Facebook, it is hard to measure whether or not having six new likes is less than an average week, average, or greater than their average. With having limited knowledge, I’m going to express that this is a positive change since it is an increase in having the potential to reach more people. Our second field, “friends of fans,” is also green since we’ve gained more fans. This particular field has increased by 1.31%. Then, red. The “people talking about this,” category saw over a 50% decrease in the amount of conversation and engagement generated by this company’s posts. This is an area that will need to be concentrated on–so I’ve noted it. Lastly, our “weekly total reach” is up over 39%. We’ve successfully been able to...